Cooktown News

Lagoon Birds A Royal Attraction-royal Spoonbill

Posted: 30 Sep 2014

Royal spoonbills--not just a common yellow-billed but a real true blue royal--at Keatings Lagoon, Cooktown. A group of six in the area, amongst the magpie geese, greater egrets and whistling duck. They sweep their open bill in arcs through the water and z...

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Great Trip And Outstanding Guide

Posted: 22 Sep 2014

We recently completed your 3 day Cooktown/ Daintree tour -28 to 30 August and I would like to congratulate your Company for the well planned organization of this tour. Our Guide, Cathy was fantastic. Her knowledge, courtesy and expertise were outstanding...

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Stunning Views - Cooktown

Posted: 19 Sep 2014

Glorious weather in Tropical North Queensland, and the views just keep getting better.

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Cowie Beach Mangroves--bloomfield Track In Good Shape

Posted: 18 Sep 2014

Sunny and dry weather has meant great driving and scenic conditions along the Bloomfield Track, between Cape Tribulation and Cooktown via Wujal Falls. Cowie Beach is a must with its "floating" red mangroves, birdlife, fringing coral reef and armies of sol...

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New Wujal Mural--where Rainforest Meets The Sea

Posted: 14 Sep 2014

It's a special part of the world--the coastal strip from the Daintree River north to Cape Trib, the Bloomfield River (Wujal falls) and Endeavour River at Cooktown. This is where the rainforest meets the sea. The Kuku Yalanji artists yesterday completed...

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Archer Point--a Hidden Gem

Posted: 11 Sep 2014

It's rare that incredibly beautiful places close to civilization are so un-visited. Archer Point near Cooktown is an exception. So, if you want stunning scenery with just a handful of other people around, make sure that you ask for a special side trip to...

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Wujal Falls Flowing Well

Posted: 07 Sep 2014

The Wujal (Bloomfield) Falls are flowing well, even in this drier weather. The local bama, the Kuku Yalanji people, say that they have never stopped flowing. Dry weather means sparkling intense blue sea colours, flowers in blossom, swimming holes and of...

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Cooktown Check List

Posted: 05 Sep 2014

The magpie geese are massing in Keatings Lagoon by the hundreds, trampling and eating their way through the sedges . We see them at Keatings Lagoon outside Cooktown. Whe you plan a Cooktown tour, you should check --max numbers (6), 4WD along coastal route...

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Cooktown Springs Into Life

Posted: 02 Sep 2014

Cooktown is always colourful in a quiet sort of way. Views of the Endeavour River from Grassy Hill are special on sunny days, and the caramel smell of the paperbark flowers add to the experience. Young mango fruit on giant trees indicate a bumper year. Th...

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Crocs Sharing Bloomfield River

Posted: 29 Aug 2014

Big crocs like to sun themselves along the Bloomfield River, especially on these lovely winter days at low tides. They're usually happy to share their space with travellers. The drive along the Bloomfield usually reveals 3 to 5 sunbaking reptileans. Espec...

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Best View In The North?

Posted: 29 Aug 2014

There are lots of big views, but it's difficult to beat this one. Grassy Hill at Cooktown. Lowish tide, stunning blue days, and good company. Not to mention the fresh local coral trout and barramundi. Add the waterlilies and birdlife at Keatings lagoon an...

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Lining Up All Your Ducks

Posted: 29 Aug 2014

Keatings Lagoon is receiving lots of visitors--magpie geese, pacific black duck, green pygmy geese, greater egrets, white-necked herons, red-capped jacanas and this family of hard head ducks. Talk about lining up all your ducks at once! Planning a holiday...

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Aerial Photo Of Bloomfield River Bridge

Posted: 22 Aug 2014

Bridges can be aesthetic as well as functional and safe for the Wujal community. All our tours traverse the Bloomfield Track with its iconic scenery.

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Orchids Blooming Along Bloomfield Track

Posted: 11 Aug 2014

Each August, masses of beautiful white pencil orchids start blooming--the secret is where to find them! Our 4WD tours both to Wujal Falls and Cooktown stop and have a good look at an amazing tree with hordes of epiphytic ferns, vines and orchids. It's a w...

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Bloomfield River Bridge --open!

Posted: 03 Aug 2014

The Bloomfield River bridge is finally open for business! Local kids will no longer have to walk through croc-infested waters to get to school. Having a safe River Crossing (formerly closed by high tides and heavy rain) was the dream of Kuku Yalanji leade...

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Year Of Living Dangerously

Posted: 30 Jul 2014

Crocs are loving the sun at low tides on the Bloomfield River. Greater egrets are often cheeky and stare out the resting croc, knowing that they are slow movers while sunbaking in winter. Crocs, wallabies, bee eaters, cockatoos, soldier crabs and magpie g...

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Magpie Geese Return To Cooktown

Posted: 24 Jul 2014

These unique black and white geese are the only geese in the world able to roost on the branches, thanks to their half-webbed feet. Now that the drier weather is here, they start congregating at the remaining water holes, and they returned to Keatings Lag...

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Making A Beeline For Water Lilies At Keatings Lagoon

Posted: 20 Jul 2014

Native honey bees feasting on water lily nectar while one late arrival makes a a beeline to join the action. Keatings Lagoon at Cooktown is looking good, with water lilies, pygmy geese and weeping paperbarks adding colour. We always visit Keatings on our...

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Bloomfield River Bridge --almost There!

Posted: 20 Jul 2014

The old and the new. Completion of the Bloomfield River Bridge is close. The approaches should get a bitumen seal on Tuesday, and it should be ready for crossing on Thursday 24 July. It's a boon for travellers and locals, who will now be able to travel t...

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Bloomfield Track Being Graded

Posted: 15 Jul 2014

Douglas Shire is patching up the moguls and slippery patches of the Bloomfield Track. The Track to Emmagen is riding well and steeper parts of cowie and donavan Ranges should be addressed over the next couple of weeks. Spectacular views of Cape tribulatio...

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